When I graduated from college with a degree in English Literature, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
I knew I didn’t want to teach. I considered going to law school but didn’t relish the idea of going right back to school. So I started scouring the newspaper (the way you found jobs back in the day) for some kind of gainful employment.
One of the first jobs that intrigued me was a “Special Events Coordinator” for a local department store. Although I had no idea what it entailed, it sounded just up my alley. Once I did learn what it involved (setting up promotions, fashion shows, and media relations), I thought it was the perfect job for me.
It involved writing, creativity, and clothes — things my 21-year-old English major self thought were appealing. Over time, I grew into the job and actually did quite well at it. I was promoted and eventually took a PR management job with another chain of department stores. They promoted me to an even bigger PR job in New York, and eventually I created my own PR consultancy. (more…)